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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug” (1843)

- July 18, 2019 in ciphers, Cryptography, edgar allan poe, insects, treasure

Poe’s story of a treasure hunt, revealing the fantastical writer’s hyper-rational penchant for cracking codes.

Fabre’s Book of Insects (1921)

- July 4, 2019 in animals, Entomogical Memoirs, insects, Jean-Henri Fabre

Book of Insects: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (London; New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1857) In the first chapter of his Book of Insects, Jean-Henri Fabre (1823–1915) introduces the reader to his workshop — which is to say his home — located on a pebbly expanse of land near the Provençal village of Sérignan […]

Jan van Kessel’s Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

- May 28, 2019 in artist signature, caterpillars, insects, Jan van Kessel, signature, snakes, spiders, weirdest artist signature, writing

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.

Jan van Kessel’s Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

- May 28, 2019 in artist signature, caterpillars, insects, Jan van Kessel, signature, snakes, spiders, weirdest artist signature, writing

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.

Images from German “Caterpillar Calendar” (1837)

- January 16, 2018 in butterflies, caterpillars, entomology, insects, lepidoptery

Wonderful illustrations from an entomological volume outlining which caterpillars appear each month, as well as details on how to keep them and catch the butterflies into which they will transform.

Images from German “Caterpillar Calendar” (1837)

- January 16, 2018 in butterflies, caterpillars, entomology, insects, lepidoptery

Wonderful illustrations from an entomological volume outlining which caterpillars appear each month, as well as details on how to keep them and catch the butterflies into which they will transform.

Images from German “Caterpillar Calendar” (1837)

- January 16, 2018 in butterflies, caterpillars, entomology, insects, lepidoptery

Wonderful illustrations from an entomological volume outlining which caterpillars appear each month, as well as details on how to keep them and catch the butterflies into which they will transform.

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

- November 7, 2017 in botanical illustrations, botany, calligraphy, flowers, fruits, Georg Bocskay, insects, Joris Hoefnagel, writing

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

- November 7, 2017 in botanical illustrations, botany, calligraphy, flowers, fruits, Georg Bocskay, insects, Joris Hoefnagel, writing

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.